Let me add a few points to that:

* We need to take into consideration the viewpoints of people who are experienced in both sides of the current effort (bibliographic description and linked data), and there are very few people with a great deal of expertise in both.   

* Actually, in my view, having people engaging with the effort that do NOT know MARC is an advantage, not a disadvantage.  There are a huge number of peculiarities introduced over the years that should be reconsidered by fresh eyes, rather than perpetuated without cause.  

* There's more future than there is past. MARC has existed for a long time, and there's a lot of legacy there. But there's even more bibliographic descriptions that have yet to be written. The longer we remain tied to this horribly outdated technology, the more legacy data we will need to deal with and the further apart from the rest of the world (that is part of the web, not just displayed via the web) we become.

Your mileage may vary :)


On Sat, Jan 31, 2015 at 10:43 AM, Jeff Young <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

The reason is so that people who have never seen a MARC record never need to. They just want the information that is locked up deep inside.


> On Jan 31, 2015, at 1:28 PM, Michael Ayres <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Martynas wrote:
>>> ...
>>> I haven't seen any actual MARC data, but if someone has a simple example, we could work on that.
>>> Martynas
> Warning--RANT ahead:
> OK--You've got be kidding!!  Why is someone who has never seen any actual MARC data trying to mess with restructuring the framework of our library catalogs?!?
> This is preposterous!  As someone who has spent years cataloging (in both academic and public institutions) as well as managing local systems and library catalog data--I, for one, find this whole 'BIBFRAME' project laughable.  Why do the 'powers that be' think that we even want our local catalogs to be semantically connected to the web or have all of our data linked?!  But go ahead and just keep on theorizing, while those of us in the trenches keep serving our local customers' needs so very well with MARC (and AACR2).
> [rant over--no need to respond to this]

Rob Sanderson
Information Standards Advocate
Digital Library Systems and Services
Stanford, CA 94305